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Darrel Fonder

May 22, 1933-April 19, 2008

Darrel F. Fonder, 74, of rural Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, April 19, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes.

Darrel was born to Edgar and Peggy (Johnson) Fonder on May 22, 1933 in Valley City, N.D., where he was raised and educated until his early teens, when his family moved to Fargo. Darrel graduated from Central High School in Fargo. He married Betty Jane Scobba on June 21, 1967 in Fargo. Darrel worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 30 years. In 1969, he and Betty moved to Detroit Lakes to make their home on Munson Lake.

Darrel enjoyed a full life of fishing, hunting and socializing with family and friends.

Surviving Darrel are his children, Donald Fonder (Eileen Renner) of Jacksonville, Fla., Deborah Hudnall (fiancé Raoul Allain) of Los Angeles, Calif., Deanna Fonder of Winger, Minn., Daniel Fonder of Detroit Lakes and Kelly Fonder (Becky Nyhus) of Detroit Lakes; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dody Fonder of Fargo and Bernice Fonder of Grand Forks, N.D.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Darrel in death were his parents; wife, Betty Jane (1998); son, Douglas; and three brothers, DeVere, Darcy and Donald Fonder.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

West-Kjos Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at